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By John Smith posted July 20, 2016

Minutes of WAES
AGM 2021

Held Monday 13th December 2021 - via Zoom

31 members attended online with apologies from John and Elaine Bisson, Cindy Lovelace and Chris Holland.

1/. The Chair, Dr. Joanne Backhouse welcomed members to the second AGM held via Zoom and introduced the treasurer to make her report.

2/. The treasurer discussed the annual report sent by her to all members by email or post and which show a healthy balance of £3746.46 on October 31st following a reduction in expenditure due to switching to Zoom meetings during the pandemic and no equipment costs. We were unable to provide a bursary due to Covid restrictions. The fees paid to speakers were increased to £75, to bring them more into line with other societies. The use of technology via Zoom allowed many people from both the UK and overseas to use Eventbrite to buy into lectures, thus increasing our income.
A new website was created at a cost of £44.78
All this leaves the Society in a healthy position financially.

3/. Elections….there were no new candidates standing for election to the committee so the status quo stands.

4/. Annual report from the Chair……
Dr. Backhouse welcomed all old and new members. She reminded us that the expectation was that lectures via Zoom from May 2020 were expected to be a short term solution to the Covid restrictions. However, it has been a great privilege to be able to benefit from so many international lecturers who we would have not been able to see……and to attract so many new members via Zoom…from Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil etc.

Despite restrictions on public meetings, 2 socials did take place; a group walk along New Brighton Promenade and a meeting at Liverpool World Museum, when restrictions were relaxed a little.

However, the committee has, with regret, decided to suspend lectures for the first 6 months of 2022 due to :-

A/ some committee members lack technology skills, putting extra pressure on those who can use it.

B/ despite repeated requests, there were no volunteers ready to join the committee, meaning only 2 out of the 5 members shouldering most of the work. Cheryl in particular has given a great deal of time and effort to the Society this year. Many thanks to her. We must also thank Colin who, though not a committee member, has spent much time and effort creating a new website for the Society…and keeping it up to date.

C/ Meyer Hall is under refurbishment, with no date available for its completion.

She completed her annual report by introducing the President of the Society, who gave his presidential lecture on The Amy Urlin Collection at Liverpool World Museum…..a report to follow separately.

5/. There were no motions from the floor so the meeting ended at 3.45 pm.